Trails Now Fund: Responding to Visitor and Park Needs


Photo: Brynn Melfi

Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) boasts 125 miles of multipurpose trails that are used and loved by thousands every year. As the 7th most-visited national park in America in 2020, CVNP continues to see increased visitation from hikers, joggers, riders, and bikers who love our trails.

The Conservancy recently established the Trails Now Fund, which provides immediate support for trail maintenance, visitor amenities, and new trailheads. There are many ways for CVNP lovers to support various Trails Now projects, including a chance to double your impact with the exciting $500,000 matching grant award from the NPS Centennial Challenge to build a new trailhead on Stanford Road, just north of the Stanford House.

Below are the Conservancy’s current Trails Now projects.


Ted Toth

Trails Now: Bridle-Hiking Trails Fund

In 2021, Ray and Jan Dalton made a $100,000 gift to the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park to address the much-needed maintenance and repairs to the CVNP bridle-hiking trails. The Dalton’s generous gift, paired with individual gifts, and volunteers from the Medina Chapter Ohio Horsemen’s Council resulted in successful repairs to the Valley Bridle Trail, Langes Run Trail, and Wetmore Trail. Work completed included repairing bridle trail surfaces, installing armored crossings, repairing and cleaning trail bridges, cleaning and installing trail drainage features, trimming of trail corridors, removing trees, and improving trail signs. 

This year Ray and Jan Dalton have generously extended a $100,000 matching gift for the repair and maintenance of three additional bridle-hiking trails. The park will begin work on the Valley South, Riding Run, and Perkins trails in spring of 2022. Ray and Jan will match your gift dollar for dollar up to $100,000. Please join us in the opportunity to raise an additional $100,000 for bridle-hiking trail improvements, benefitting the riders, hikers, runners, joggers and walkers of Northeast Ohio who enjoy them. Make your tax-deductible gift to the Conservancy for CVNP today and DOUBLE invest in your trails.


Trails Now: Pedestrian Footbridges

The Conservancy is raising money to help CVNP replace the last of five pedestrian bridges within the park. In 2021, the Conservancy, through the support of individual donors and the Trails Forever Endowment, provided funding to replace the Old Carriage, Plateau Trail, Stanford Trail, and Wetmore Trail bridges. Existing wooden bridges were replaced with fiberglass truss bridges with wood decking.

The Salt Run Trail footbridge is our remaining project. The bridge being replaced on Salt Run Trail is currently in decline and past its life cycle. Temporary repairs have already been conducted to this bridge for stabilization, but a permanent replacement is needed for a total cost of $32,500.


Trails Now: Stanford Trailhead Project

The Conservancy is pleased to join Cuyahoga Valley National Park in this exciting project to bring a new hub for hiking, running, biking and horseback riding in the Boston to Station Road area. CVNP has announced a $500,000 matching grant award from the NPS Centennial Challenge to build a new Stanford Trailhead on Stanford Road, just north of the Stanford House.

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